Things to do in Honningsvag + Tromso Cruise via Hammerfest

Honningsvag is the northernmost city in Norway.  Things to do in Honningsvag;

  • Stroll around the peaceful streets
  • Ice bar
  • Bamse Statue
  • Corner Spiseri (pub and restaurant)
  • Trip to Nordkapp
  • Hurtigruten Cruise port

Hotels in Honningsvag are on the expensive side, good luck finding a good deal!

Honningsvag – Northernmost City in Norway

Honningsvag - Finnmark, Norway

Honningsvag is a peaceful town, and you do feel like you are far from everywhere.  There are a few points of interest to enjoy, however the real beauty is a stroll around the peaceful city breathing in the clean air.  Additionally, if you take a walk on the harbor front, you can capture some near perfect reflection photos of the city as well as the mountains behind.

Ice Bar

Honningsvag - Ice Bar

The Ice bar is open when there’s a cruise ship in port.  Furthermore, the ice bar is adjoined to a popular souvenir store.

Bamse Statue

Honningsvag - Bamse Statue

In Honningsvag is a St Bernard statue which tourists like to photograph and take selfies with, but who is he?  Known as Bamse, the St Bernard is a symbol of Norwegian freedom during World War II.  As a matter of fact he worked on a ship and lifted the moral of the crew.

Corner Spiseri

The most popular restaurant in Honningsvag is Corner Spiseri.  Remember, you’re in Norway so you should try the famous salmon.

Trip to Nordkapp

Globe Monument, Nordkapp, Finnmark, Norway

The most popular day trip from Honningsvag is to Nordkapp.  Nordkapp is the northernmost point of mainland Europe.  Read about my trip to Nordkapp on my travel blog.    Did you know the southernmost point of mainland Europe is Tarifa, Spain.

Hurtigruten Cruise from Honningsvag to Tromso

Hurtigruten foot passenger service - Honningsvag to TromsoHurtigruten cruise to Tromsø, €80, 17 hours

You can join a Hurtigruten passenger ferry service which goes through the famous Norwegian fjords.  If you love fjords you’ll love this day cruise.  The ferry / cruise leaves at 5.45am after a 10 minute boarding process.  Later in the morning at around 11am it stops at Hammerfest for a couple hours, then another short stop at Skjervoy before arriving in Tromso at 11.45pm.


Hammerfest, Norway

If Honningsvag is the northernmost city, then Hammerfest claim to fame is that it is the northernmost town!  There are quite a few points of interest in Hammerfest;

  • Royal and ancient polar bear society
  • Hammerfest church
  • Struve geodetic arc
  • Fountain

When passing by on the Hurtigruten cruise, you get 2 hours to enjoy these points of interest.  There are a few restaurants to get a quick snack in or you could try the Norwegian bread with currents or chocolate from the local mart.

Skjervoy Fjord

A fjord close to Skjervoy

If you love fjords and you love taking photos then you’ll love the Hurtigruten cruise.  I went during the summer so it was light the whole time and I had 15 hours of fjords.  If you go in winter then you’ll have snow on the fjords and when it’s dark they guarantee you’ll see the northern lights or your next cruise is free!  Lets hope the northern lights don’t come out so we can go again!

Tromsø to Stockholm

2019-01-03T17:42:54+00:00August 21st, 2016|Northern Europe, Norway|12 Comments


  1. Jane Clark January 12, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this James. I had never thought about visiting this part of the world before but you have opened my eyes to how interesting and different it is. I will definitely be going that direction in the future.

  2. Rhiannon March 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    The only thing that’s holding me back from visiting Norway is the price when you’re there – no matter which city/town I’ve looked into, it seems impossible to find decent-priced budget accommodation. From what you’ve said here, Honningsvag doesn’t seem to be an exception! I like the sound of the royal and ancient polar bear society in Hammerfest – I’ve always been fascinated with polar bears!

  3. Bridget March 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Norway is on my bucket list and I have always wanted to go to an Ice Bar (I am assuming we are talking about the same thing, a bar made of ice). It looks gorgeous there! Had no idea though that the hotels and restaurants were pricy.

  4. Christine March 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I would love to visit Norway but cost has held me back. I love the cruise idea as it seems it was very good value. And like you mentioned, if you do it in the summer you have tons of daylight and in winter, the northern lights! How can you lose?! I am going to look up this area on a map. Seems like an interesting area.

  5. Tony March 1, 2017 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Norway is a bit expensive to place on our bucket list. We too had an Ice Bar here on the Gold Coast, Australia. It only lasted a couple of years but. Some nice photos.

  6. Jen March 1, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    I’d love to visit this part of the world, I’ll try persuade my husband! I have heard that Norway is expensive, I guess it is all what you are used to. I would love to see all of the fjords.

  7. Christie March 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Wow, a 17 hour ferry?! I’ve never been on one for so long. Was it ok or did you go crazy? Haha. I think I’d go nuts being on one for so long!

  8. Joaquim March 3, 2017 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Going to Trondheim in a few months for a wedding and maybe I’ll go up to Honningsvag! Thanks for the information 🙂

  9. Stephanie Frias March 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos! I never really thought of Norway as a place to see the northern light. What a fabulous idea for an alternative destination to see the sights 🙂

  10. Swati & Sam March 3, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Norway is such a stunning place. You can’t go wrong with picking Norway as a holiday destination. Loved the first picture in this blog, love the composition. Would love to visit Norway someday.

  11. Nicholas March 26, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Its a great help after reading all the information. Do you have any idea the ferry service also carried out during the Easter long holiday in Norway. I’m planning travel to the North Cape and stay one night in Honningsvag and take the ferry to Tromso on the 30th March.

    • James Smith March 27, 2018 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Nicolas. I’m sure they have the ferry service. It’s actual on a Hurtigruten cruise ship as a foot passenger for the day. If you check their site as a foot passenger from Honningsvag to Tromso, you should be able to book online. If not, there is a bus option, I don’t know how the views on the bus would compare to the fjords though! Good luck and enjoy! I hope the northern lights come out for you.

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